No one comments anymore.
I’m tempted to follow NPR’s lead, and remove comments on RealCentralVA. As they noted, naturally, on Twitter:
Significant stat on comment retirement: Only .003 percent of visitors posted even once a month over three months.
The blog has slowly been moving this way, inline with the broader internet trends. I reverted from Disqus comments to native WordPress comments some time ago, and won’t do a Facebook business page in order to integrate Facebook comments (and wouldn’t anyway because I refuse to cede any more to Facebook than I already have)
(Related: What happens if … Facebook decides it doesn’t like what you say?)